Braves select Kolby Allard at 14

The Braves have a pitcher with their first pick of the 2015 Draft.

After an offseason that had the team stockpile pitching, the Braves continued the trend Monday by selecting Kolby Allard with the 14th overall pick in the first round of the MLB first-year player draft.

Allard is a 17-year-old left-hander from San Clemente High School in California. He is not very big, listed at 6-0 and only 170 pounds, but he’s got a big arm. Allard has shown a solid fastball that ranges from 92-96 mph, along with a good curveball. His changeup reportedly needs more refinement.

Allard has been out since late March with a stress fracture in his back, but the Braves were convinced it would not be a long-term issue.

He is committed to UCLA. Allard was rated as the 16th best player in the draft by MLB.com. He was projected to go anywhere between 6 and 21 in a listing of eight mock drafts.

Allard was scouted by Tom Batista, who returned to the Braves last winter after five years with the Red Sox. Batista has been a top scout in California for years. He signed Kris Medlen and Tommy Hanson for the Braves a decade ago.



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